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Information for Freshmen about Registering and Taking Placement Tests

How should I register for the Regional Testing Program?
Registration for Regional Testing is done online at: This registration program begins February 1, 2015.  You will see what sites are open and get immediate confirmation that can be printed on the spot.  No confirmation letters will be mailed to you.  So be sure to print or write down the confirmation information when you register.

What if I need special accommodations?
If you request to take placement test under non-standard conditions due to a disability, do not register online.  Please send a letter on your high school letterhead from a teacher, counselor, or principal who will describe what accommodations are appropriate for you.  Include your address and telephone number, which site you wish to test at and on what date, as well as the campus you plan to attend.  Send this information to Tim O'Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.

Do I need a government-issued photo ID when I come to the testing site?
Yes, the University of Wisconsin requires students to show a government-issued photo identification document such as driver's license, state-issued ID or passport when they arrive to take placement tests.  A high school photo is acceptable.  Students will not be allowed to test without providing an appropriate photo ID.

Can I use a graphing calculator?
Graphing calculators are not allowed.  Scientific calculators are permitted.  Testing staff will not provide calculators.

What material do the placement tests cover?
Information on the contents of the placement tests can be found on the Center for Placement Testing website.

What if I want to change or cancel my test date?
Do not call the Center for Placement Testing or any campuses to change or cancel your test date.  To change or cancel your registration, go the the website at:  You can use the online registration system to change or cancel your registration site and/or date.  You only need to know your name and the date of birth you entered when you registered, to change or cancel your registration.  However, changing can be difficult as popular sites fill quickly and you cannot change to a site once the registration deadline for that date has passed.

How do I find out the directions to the testing site?
A list of directions to the various testing sites is located on the Center for Placement Testing website.

What is the schedule on the day of testing?
(All times are approximate)

Seating, Orientation & Math Testing 8:00 - 10:00am
Break 10:00 - 10:10am
English Testing 10:10 - 11:50am
Break 11:50am - 12:00pm
Dismissal of those not taking a Foreign Language test followed
by Foreign Language testing
12:00 - 1:00pm

Important note: If you are only taking the English and/or a foreign language placement test, please contact the campus site where you are testing for instructions on a reporting time.

How will I receive the results of my tests?
Interpretation of test scores is unique to each UW Campus.  You will receive your placement test scores and what they mean when you come to campus for orientation in the summer.  Test scores will not be sent to you and cannot be given over the phone.

I have not decided which UW-System school I will attend.  Do I need to take placement tests for each of these campuses?
No. All UW System institutions use the UW Placement Tests and all campuses will receive a copy of your scores.

How do I know how my college level course work will transfer?
If you have sent your college transcript to UW-Eau Claire (which you should do as soon as possible) and have paid your $100 tuition deposit, you can see the equivalency on MyBlugold Applicant Account.  Or you can go to for information about equivalencies.

Are the placement tests available on a computer?
The test are available at some locations on the computer, but there is an additional fee.  So the decision is one of costs vs. convenience.  Things to consider:

  • All students attending UW-Eau Claire will have a placement testing fee of $25 added to their fall bill.  The fees for computer based testing (CBT) are in addition.
  • If you do CBT at a campus during regional placement testing, you may need to provide your own laptop.
  • You need to look at deadlines carefully.  Paper and pencil tests must be taken at least two weeks days prior to your Orientation date.  CBT tests can be taken up to four days before your orientation date.  However, remember, you won't know your orientation date until April.

Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding placement testing at a specific campus?
A list of contacts at the various testing sites is located on the Center for Placement Testing website.